Danger Room: Army Dumps All-Seeing Chopper Drone

25.06.12

Categorie: Robert Beckhusen, Wired |
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Boeing photo.

Boeing photo.


by ROBERT BECKHUSEN

This month, the Army planned to deploy to Afghanistan an unusual new drone: an unmanned eye-in-the-sky helicopter programmed to use high-tech cameras to monitor vast amounts of territory. But now the drone might be lucky to be deployed at all, as the Army has moved to shut down production — possibly ending the program forever.

That drone would be the A160 Hummingbird, which the Army planned to equip with the powerful Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System, or Argus. But earlier this month, the Army issued a stop-work order — one step away from termination — to the drone’s developer Boeing. The reason? A high “probability of continued technical and schedule delays,” costs and risks that have “increased so significantly that program continuation is no longer in theĀ best interest of the government,” said Donna Hightower, the Army’s acting product manager for unmanned aerial systems modernization.

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